Leanna Surrao

PhD candidate


Key research interests
To improve the diagnostics of various infectious diseases in low income settings with limited resources.

PhD at the Burnet institute and Federation University (Gippsland).

Honours year
Contributed to the improvement of the loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay in diagnosing important diarrheal pathogens such as Salmonella and Shigella. This involved making the test most suitable as a point of care diagnostic that is user-friendly and cost effective.

PhD project
Much the same as honours year, except with the focus of malaria diagnosis. The desired outcome would be a field-ready point of care diagnostic that could be performed with limited-if any-laboratory infrastructure by community members. Not only could this platform diagnose low-density parasitaemias (poorly detected or undetectable by current diagnostics) in infected individuals, but it could also contribute to the eradication of malaria in those regions.


  • 2016: PhD student at the Burnet Institute
  • 2015: Honours student at Federation University (as a Monash student)


  • Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience (Honours), Monash University (Gippsland)

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  • Life Sciences